Missa the baby baboon was left without a mother when she was killed for bushmeat. Missa’s fate was most likely the same as her mother’s; she’d live her life alone until poachers got ahold of her. And that didn’t take long.
She was in the hands of a poacher, but thankfully she was found by park rangers in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that bleak fate soon changed. The poacher who had her has since been arrested and charged for killing animals like Missa’s mom.
The baby baboon was then flown to the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro’s rehabilitation center (CRPL). There, she was taken great care of and was slowly but surely able to regain her strength.
To help Missa feel less alone, they paired her with an older baboon named Grace, who was rescued from a hotel where she was found alone in a tiny cage. The two of them got along great and formed a close bond immediately.
Life without a mother seems nearly impossible and is absolutely heartbreaking, but now Missa has someone to look up to who makes a great adoptive mother.
Both of these baboons came from rough pasts, but fate brought them together to help each other heal.